Carpentry and Joinery | City & Guilds Diploma in Bench Joinery | Level 2

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Course Code: FE0092-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: East Brighton Campus Qualification: City & Guilds Diploma in Bench Joinery Level 2 Awarding Body: City & Guilds

Why this course?

Carpentry tools

At Level 2, you will choose to specialise in either Bench Joinery or Site Carpentry

Studying Bench Joinery at Brighton MET is fun, exciting and will leave you with the skills, confidence and underpinning knowledge to progress on to one of our Level 3 courses.

This vocational course is the perfect starting point for a career in carpentry. You will gain an understanding of construction in a wider context and the vital skills needed to become a bench joiner.

Our newly built construction centre provides industry-standard facilities where you can learn the vital skills that employers are looking for in the construction industry. Our industry expert teachers aim to provide a fun and exciting course that will give you the confidence and knowledge to succeed as a carpenter or joiner, as well as an understanding of the construction sector.


Start dates

September 2021 Apply
  • student Views Jordan Thomas Level 2 Bench Joinery
    I have really enjoyed being a part of the carpentry Department. The tutors and other members of staff have been very supportive.
  • student Views Harri Loughlin Level 1 Carpentry & Joinery
    The course has been really really good and I’ve learned loads.
  • student Views Caius Scott-Hughes Level 2 Site Carpentry
    I’ve really enjoyed my course, I’m learning new skills all the time
  • alumni Views Jaz Alden Bench Joinery L2
    The support I got from the carpentry team was outstanding.
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Entry requirements

To study this Level 2 course you should have completed the Level 1 course in Carpentry and Joinery.

Entry requirements

Course units

Bench joinery topics include:

  • Set up and operate a circular saw
  • Produce setting out details for products
  • Mark out from setting out details for products
  • Manufacturing bench joinery products
  • Principles of building construction, information and communication
  • Health, safety and welfare in construction




Why the MET

  • State-of-the-art purpose-built Construction and Trades Centre at the MET's East Campus.
  • Workshop facilities mirror industry practice, using industry standard tools.
  • Taught by industry experienced teachers, who have years of collective knowledge and experience between them.
  • Benefit from practical project work in the local community.
  • Extensive online learning provision.


  • Our new purpose-built construction centre will give you a unique training facility simulating a realistic environment
  • Workshops are equipped with the full range of industry standard tools and machinery
  • Online access to resources and study support through the MET’s virtual learning environment
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support

Work experience

Our Carpentry and Joinery department is well known in Brighton and the South East. We work closely with local businesses and maintain relationships with a wide range of employers. 

You will have the opportunity to undertake a minimum of 30 hours work experience, which will provide knowledge and experience of the work place prior to entering employment.

Brighton MET is keen to offer our students work experience placements, particularly with the increasing importance for students to complete placements as part of their study programmes across all industry areas.

This is an exciting opportunity for employers and students alike and gives both businesses and students the chance to gain something valuable with long-term benefits.


What's next?

Upon successful completion of this Level 2 course, you will be able to progress on to a wide range of courses at Brighton MET, including: 

  • Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Site Carpentry
  • Level 3 Diploma in Bench Joinery

Future careers

  • Residential or domestic carpenters: specialise in new builds; renovation extensions and loft conversions.
  • Commercial carpenters: build and remodel commercial and public buildings such as offices; hospitals and shopping malls.
  • Industrial carpenters: work on civil engineering projects and in industrial settings; create and set forms for pouring concrete; build tunnel bracing; partitions and concrete forms for tunnels; bridges; dams; power plants or sewers.
  • Bench joiners: work in static workshops; create jointed pieces of carpentry; paying close attention to detail and following technical drawings and plans.
  • If you prefer the craft side of woodworking, you can move on to other areas such as furniture making, film set construction or even boat building.

Kit requirements

You are required to buy steel toe capped boots - this is a requirement for entry into the workshop area.

You will also need a lever arch folder, pens, pencils and a geometry set. 

Some financial help may be available on a means tested basis through our bursary team.

Kit requirements

Open events

Register for our virtual open events to find out more about studying at the MET and hear from our teaching staff.


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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to UK citizens, those who hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify them for home status, AND are under 19 years old on the 31 August of the year of entry. If you are 19+ and interested in studying this course, you can find out more about costs and financial support in the link below.

19+ fees

How to apply

We accept applications throughout the year, allowing you to apply up until the course starts.

You can also apply for as many colleges and courses as you wish - so keep your options open!

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